April 18, 1930 – September 4, 2013
Anthony (Tony) Priano, Sr., of Whitehall
Died September 4, 2013, of natural causes. He was 83.
Per his wishes, he passed peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his loving wife Cathy (Catherine Auen), Daughter Karen, 4 Sons: Tony, Gerry (Mimi), Al (Cheryl), Jeff (Linda Walker, FI). He was blessed with 11 grandchildren, 10 boys and 1 girl — and 10 great-grandchildren, 7 boys and 3 girls. Also survived by brothers Guy (Francis) and Al (Lee). Tony was born April 18, 1930, the son of Alfonso and Grazia Priano, both Sicilian immigrants, and grew up in Bloomfield and Carrick, PA. He met the love of his life, Cathy, doing the Jitterbug at Sully’s, a dance hall in Brentwood. They were married 62 years. From his father, Tony learned the trades of bricklayer, decorative stone mason and concrete finisher — he put those skills to work building his own home in Whitehall, PA, where he moved in 1955. He also had a career as a letter carrier with the US Postal Service and was a veteran of the United States Air Force and member of American Legion Nix-Vogel Post 935. Throughout his life, Tony’s pride was his large, close family, one filled with laughter and song. A hard-working, creative man, his brick, block and decorative stone work can be seen in commercial buildings and homes throughout the city. He used to amaze his children by doing long division and calculating cubic yards of concrete in his head. He played trumpet in the Air Force band. Tony was very active at St. Elizabeth’s Church as an usher, involved in the Baptismal Program, and at the yearly Spring-a-Rama. He and Cathy directed the tour program for the Senior Citizen’s for many years. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral prayer on Monday morning at 9:15. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Pleasant Hills, PA at 10:00 a.m. Burial with full military honors at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery following the funeral service.